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A Minor 6th or m6 chord has a minor triad plus a major sixth interval. For instance, a Cm6 chord will have the notes C, Eb, G, A, and Gm6 chord will have the notes G, Bb, D, E and so on.  

 

The Swars will be Sa, ga, Pa and Dha.

 

A Minor 6th chord gives you the feel of a minor chord and adds a feeling of mystery and romanticism with the additional 6th note. 

Interestingly if you invert the chord and start with the last note, it becomes a half-diminished 7th chord, also known as a “minor 7th flat 5” chord, So, if you take a Dm6 chord (D, F, A, B) and make B your root, you will have a Bm7-b5 chord (B, D, F, A), which is really a Bm7 chord (B, D, F, A) with its 5th note flattened. Note this is not the same as Bdim7 which is a fully diminished chord and has the notes B, D, F, G#. See separate section on Diminished 7th chords to understand this chord better.

Common Positions

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Em6 (0,2,2,0,2,0)

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Am6 (0,0,2,2,1,2)

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Bm6 (X,2,4,X,3,4)

Read "Khaas Baat" handbook for more!

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